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Good Shapes For Feet Added To Round-Bottomed Hand-Built Pots

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For slab-built bowls draped over a round shape, with gently undulating sides, what kind of feet look best?

I know to use three feet, but I don't know how big or what shape to make the three feet needed to make it stable.

I'm just looking for some examples to inspire me! 

 

If the bowls look best with the feet not showing much, I suppose three small balls put relatively close together would be best, as long as the bowl isn't tippy.

 

Any advice?

 

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Check out Lana Wilson's book (http://www.amazon.com/Ceramics-Shape-Surface-Handouts-Potters/dp/096669760X); here is a link to a handout from her old website: http://lanawilson.com/old/Page_9.html If you Google Lana, you can see images of her work.

 

Bill Van Gilder also has a video (I think) on feet and handles. You should be able to find it on his website.

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Easy things if you have and extruder. Double extruded coils laying down, cut to length works well. I also do some shaped over pieces of house molding that are nice. Look at some historic pieces from China and Japan to see some of the animal type feet they use that are wider at the pot, narrower as they move to the table.  Just a few ideas off the top om my head.

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It has been my experience that the stability comes more from how far apart the feet are than from how big they are.  Make the size  pleasing to the eye.  I like mine tall enough that the entire underside of the piece can be glazed, with only the bottoms of the feet glaze free.

Remember, too far apart invites sagging.

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